WITH only four games left to play in the RBS Championship B league, Jed-Forest have taken their place at the top of the table, one point ahead of nearest challengers Musselburgh.
Playing a rescheduled fixture on Saturday, Jed travelled to Lasswade desperate to avoid a potential post-Christmas slip-up.
The cobwebs were soon blown away, however when Monty Mitchell crossed for two early tries shortly after the kick-off. Robert Hogg scored a third to put the Riverside men 19-0 up after 10 minutes.
Lasswade managed to secure some possession, but it wasn’t long before Mark Burke finished well to secure the bonus point. John Szkudro barged over for a fifth to put the visitors 33-0 ahead at half-time, Chris Laidlaw having kicked four conversions.
Jed kept the momentum flowing after the restart with Steven Bouglas scoring and Laidlaw converting. Lasswade got on the scoreboard with a try, but the Borderers got back to work and Donald Grieve emerged with the ball after a good line-out drive.
Jed had the luxury of taking off key players Chris Laidlaw and Michael Weekley, but powered on with sub Chris Gillon touching down and Mitchell completing his hat-trick. Liam Lawrence converted both. Lasswade crossed for a second try, but Burke and Gillon completed Jed’s scoring for a fine win.
The Royal Blues are away in the cup at Kelso and Peebles next, but return to league action at Riverside against Kirkcaldy on January 25.